How do you use a quotation in the body of the paragraph? What is the right punctuation to do that?

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How do you use a quotation in the body of the paragraph? What is the right punctuation to do that?

Julia, SLC Writing Tutor
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Melissa, SLC Writing Tutor
Use strong verbs to introduce a quote in your paragraph.

The author states
The author argues
claims, asserts, suggests, reports, etc.

Here's an example:
Cheatham believes that being able to write using standard English grammar is an important skill (author's last name p.##).

Cheatham argues that "papers written with proper English grammar are easier to read" (author's last name p.##).

For MLA style use quotation marks around the direct quote, then place parenthesis after that with the author's last name and page number embedded in the parenthesis. Do not use a comma to separate the author's last name and page number.